Former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger said President Donald Trump will be remembered as the worst President in US history in an emotional video where he addressed attack on US Capitol.
He compared Wednesday’s riot at the US Capitol by a pro-Trump mob to Kristallnacht, also known as the Night of Broken Glass, the rampage of violence by the Nazi regime against Jewish communities, synagogues and businesses in Germany and Austria in 1938.
“Wednesday was the day of broken glass right here in the United States,” he said, referring to broken windows in the Capitol building.
But the mob also “shattered the ideas we took for granted” and “trampled the very principles on which our country was founded,” he said, and then drew a comparison between Trump and Nazis.
Schwarzenegger said he grew up in Austria around “broken men drinking away the guilt over their participation in the most evil regime in history.” They weren’t all “rabid anti-Semites or Nazis,” he said. “Many just went along, step-by-step, down the road.”
He shared a story of his own father, who was a member of the Nazi Party during World War II.
“I’ve never shared this publicly because it is a painful memory, but my father would come home drunk once or twice a week, and he would scream and hit us and scare my mother,” Schwarzenegger said.
Men like his father were in both “physical pain from the shrapnel in their bodies and in emotional pain from what they saw or did.”
“Being from Europe, I’ve seen firsthand how things can spin out of control,” he said and then turned to Trump.
“President Trump sought to overturn the results of an election, of a fair election. He sought a coup by misleading people with lies,” he said. “My father and our neighbors were misled also with lies, and I know where such lies lead.”